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Who we are

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to over 600,000 candidates in over 90 countries every year.

ABRSM’s mission is to inspire achievement in music. In partnership with the Royal Schools of Music, we support high-quality music-making and learning around the world. We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

As a charity, we invest £6 million in music education annually in both the UK through our Royal Schools partners and internationally, providing resources and guidance to those wishing to develop their musical ability.

We want everyone to be able to fulfil their potential with music. We believe that access to high-quality, progressive music learning is the right of everyone.

What we do

We offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and encourage progress.

Exams and assessments

Our core activity is the provision of graded music exams, assessments and diplomas. An ABRSM grade has a worldwide currency and our exams are designed to motivate students at all levels and ages, providing realistic goals and tangible rewards for their achievements.

Resources, events, scholarships and sponsorship

We support teachers and learners with a range of award-winning digital resources and publications.

We offer face-to-face events and professional qualifications.

We work with a variety of organisations in the UK and around the world, providing donations, scholarships and sponsorship.

Founded in 1889, we have 125 years of experience and an international reputation.


The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is a company registered with limited liability in England & Wales No. 1926395. Charity registered in England & Wales (292182) & Scotland (SC043343). Registered Office: 4 London Wall Place, London EC2Y 5AU, United Kingdom.

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